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The GED Language Arts, Reading Test Poetry Jean Dean ABE/GED Teacher Mentor Teacher California Distance Learning Project www.cdlponline.org 1
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GED Video Partner Passing the GED Reading Test #14 A poem is never finished, only abandoned. Paul Valery (1871-1945) Video 14 Focus: how to read poetry and understand it, even if you’re not a poet You Will Learn From Video 14: How to identify the structure of poetry. How to recognize the importance of word choice. To distinguish literal from figurative language. To listen to rhyme and rhythm. Words You Need to Know: While viewing the video, put the following vocabulary words in the blanks: figurative language, Favorite Poem Project, rhyme, rhythm, Robert Pinsky . Answers are on page 13. 1. ___________________________is a U. S. Poet Laureate. 2. ___________________________asks people to say a favorite poem out loud. 3. When the end-sounds of words are the same, the words _________________. Examples are: red, said; name, game . 4. The _______________, or recurring beat, can be felt by reading the poem out loud. 5. ___________________________is used often in poems to make comparisons. Points to Remember: The more poetry you read, the better you’ll be at understanding it. When you can, read poetry out loud to enjoy the rhyme and rhythm. Your life experiences will determine what poems mean to you personally. Learn “to hear” poetry in your mind, so you can “hear” it while taking the GED test. 2
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On the GED Reading Test, you will read and analyze one poem. There will be approximately 4-6 questions to answer. THE PURPOSE QUESTION: WHAT IT IS, WHERE IT IS FOUND, AND WHY YOU SHOULD ALWAYS READ IT At the beginning of every reading is a question. The purpose of the question is to give a reason for reading the material. Use this question to focus your reading. You are not required to answer this question. It is given only to help you concentrate on the ideas presented in the excerpt. Here is a typical purpose question: HOW DID DEATH VALLEY GET ITS NAME? Now as you read the following paragraph, focus on the above question. In Death Valley in the United States is the lowest and hottest spot in the country. This valley, located in California temperatures to reach 125 degrees. near the Nevada border, is 282 feet below sea level. It is not uncommon for A record of 134 degrees for the nation wa recorded in 1931. Its grim name was given by a group of gold seekers in 1849. Learning about the structure of poetry: The form of poetry is different than in prose. In prose, the author writes in sentences and paragraphs, while in poetry, the author writes in lines and stanzas. Some of the lines are complete sentences, some are not. The stanzas usually have the same number of lines, but not always. It is always important to read the title of the poem and, of course, the focus question before answering the GED questions.
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